|Brit Film Archives: What is a Spars Code?|
|The Spars code contains a sequence of three letters, either "A" or
"D." The "A" stands for analog, the "D" for digital. The first letter in the sequence tells you
how the album was recorded; the second, how it was mixed; the third, how it was mastered.
Hence, a Spars code that reads "AAD" tells you the album was recorded and mixed on analog (i.e., magnetic tape) equipment, but mastered digitally; "ADD" tells you it was recorded on analog, but mixed and mastered digitally; "DDD" tells you it was recorded, mixed and mastered on digital equipment.